1998 Sermons

Whose Neighbor Am I?01/04/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Some Christians seem to think that the church must chose between preaching the Gospel and getting involved with issues of social justice. The Bible knows nothing of such false divisions! Instead it commands us to love our neighbor. Our society teaches us not to notice suffering that is close at hand. We understand that to notice this will make us feel guilty and responsible. What is the biblical response to this problem?

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Woodland Hills Overview01/11/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Today’s message was an overview of what Woodland Hills Church is and what it stands for. Greg casted a vision, both for this church in particular and for the Church at large!

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Forgive As You've Been Forgiven01/25/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We have all heard that we are to forgive as God has forgiven us. But when we’ve been wounded deeply, this is a very difficult thing to do. We feel like our dignity as a human being has been violated and someone needs to account for that. Greg addressed both the difficulty and the necessity of forgiving others as we have been forgiven.

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After the Order of Melchizedek, Part 102/01/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • One problem that the book of Hebrews addresses is whether the early Jewish Christians should keep the laws of the Old Covenant or not. Greg addressed the important difference between the priesthood of Jesus Christ and the Levitical priesthood.

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After the Order of Melchizedek, Part 202/08/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Some people reject the Bible and the Christian faith because they say it is “too narrow.” God seems to be interested in only one small nation, Israel, which stems from the one individual, Abraham, and from all this comes the one savior, Jesus. What about all the other countries of the world both today and in the ancient times? Greg discussed the strategy God uses to reach the whole world.

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The Titanic02/22/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Most Christians are very aware that this world will not last forever. Even though we know this, we still live our lives as though this life is all there is. When you are on a sinking ship, how much money you have is of very little importance. The serious question is, "What will float?" Greg used the analogy of the Titanic to call our attention to the things that will truly endure forever!

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The God Who Lives in a Tent03/01/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In the Old Testament, God chose to dwell with Israel as a neighbor. God’s presence was manifest in the tabernacle, which was a physical tent. Greg described the important ways that this arrangement anticipates what is to come in the New Testament.

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Three New Tents in the New Testament03/08/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In the Old Testament, the tabernacle was a place where God dwelt and humans did not. But in the New Testament, the curtain is torn and we are fully invited into the house of God!

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The Last Word is Love03/29/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • God cannot heal and cleanse the areas of our lives that we don’t allow God to enter. Greg encouraged us to “get real” with God.

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The Trinity and Redemption04/05/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The mysterious reality of God as “three in one” is not found only in the New Testament! Even in the descriptions of the tabernacle we see indications that God is a community in which we are meant to participate. Greg explored how the three persons of God are involved in human redemption.

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Media Madness and the Resurrection04/12/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • If you have ever wondered about the group called the “Jesus Seminar,” then today’s message is for you. Greg questioned the methods and the conclusions of those who claim to disprove the resurrection of Christ.

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Smoking Worship04/26/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Being in a relationship with God involves worship, which is the posture of the person of faith. Worshipping God involves sacrifice on our part. We give our best to God because God is fully worthy of all that we have. Greg described what it means to live a grateful life of joy before God.

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Superboy Leaps in the Dark05/10/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Knowledge without wisdom is very dangerous. Greg addressed the consequences of our exponential growth in knowledge without a corresponding growth in godly wisdom.

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Timeless Truth and Cultural Packaging05/17/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • A very important problem in the church today is understanding what in the Bible is an eternal principal and what is a culturally specific application of some principle. Greg offered three guidelines for distinguishing the timeless truths from the culturally relative applications.

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Eating Jesus/Bread of Heaven05/24/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • When you take in something that you were not meant to consume you become sick. This same principle that applies physically also applies spiritually. Greg discussed the proper spiritual diet of the Christian.

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Pakistan, India, and the Rest of the World05/31/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • With the advance of technology, the world has become a more dangerous place. Nuclear weapons are finding their way into the hands of countries that previously posed little threat to the major world powers. Greg discussed what all this means for us as Christians.

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The Glory of God and the Wonder of the Stars06/07/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • God is transcendent, all-powerful and glorious! But God is also patient, loving, and has drawn near to us. Often we emphasize one of these aspects of God and neglect the other. Greg discussed the importance of understanding both the power and love of God.

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Sovereignty in Love06/14/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • As Christians, we believe that God is all-powerful, but perhaps we don’t all agree on what true power really looks like. Greg challenged the worldly notion of power understood in terms of control.

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Have You Had Your Shower Today?06/21/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Some people decide NOT to become Christians because they don’t think they are good enough people. However, it is BECAUSE we are not good enough that we must rely on God’s grace toward us! Greg described the relationship between God declaring us good and our living this out.

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The Grinch who Tried to Steal the Sun06/28/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Life teaches us that bad things DO happen to good people. Have you ever wondered what it means that “all things work together for good for those who love God”? Greg reviewed some biblical examples of how God uses bad situations to further the Kingdom of God.

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Diabolic Double Bind, Part 107/05/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • As spiritual beings, we are responsible for our thoughts and actions. Don’t let the world tell you who you are! We are to take captive every thought and bring it under the authority of Jesus Christ. Greg challenged the church against conforming to the lies of the world.

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Diabolic Double Bind, Part 207/12/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Spiritual health depends on our believing the truth that God has revealed to us. Spiritual sickness amounts to believing and then living in the lies that the world tells us about ourselves. Greg continued to discuss the path to freedom from bondage to false beliefs.

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Revive Us, Oh Lord08/16/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Some things can be passed on from one generation to another. Faith and spiritual passion are not among them. Each generation, in fact each individual, must experience the power and presence of God for themselves. Greg discussed what a revival is and what we can do to be ready for God to “revive” us.

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I Give You Authority09/06/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Since we are in Christ, the responsibility and authority that we forfeited in the fall has been returned to us! We are to go out and speak peace to the world and spread the good news! Greg continued to describe some of the patterns that precede revivals.

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Butterfly Wings09/13/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Just as people who are married listen to each other, so also Christ listens to his Bride, the Church. We need to take our communication with God more seriously if we want to grow as individuals and as communities of faith. Greg continued this discussion of prayer and its role in bringing about a revival in the church.

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Blessing the Body09/20/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The unity of the church is a theme often overlooked in Evangelical culture. We forget that Jesus said, “Whoever is not against us is for us!” Greg reminded the Church at large that Christ who unites us is much greater than that which divides us.

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Is All Truth Relative? Absolutely Not!10/11/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Relativism is the denial of an absolute by which we live our lives. We decide for ourselves what is right or wrong rather than conform to God’s will for our lives. Greg confronted the lie behind this sort of thinking.

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God's Passionate "Color People"11/01/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • If you find that your Christian walk seems to lack passion, perhaps its time to step out in faith toward something that God has been calling you to. Walking in faith is more about the amazing possibilities that God creates for you than about the limitations that most people focus on.

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Discipline of Fasting11/08/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Fasting is a way of taking spiritual authority over your body for the glory of God. It is an act of worship because it puts God first, and it is an act of discipline because it reminds us that we are capable of controlling ourselves. Greg discussed the lack of discipline in the church, why its there, and what we can do about it.

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Understanding This Present Age12/06/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • As Christians, we want to understand the anxieties and fears of the world, but we must be careful not to be taken captive by them. As children of God, there is good reason to have hope in the face of adversity. Greg encouraged people to remember their allegiance to the Kingdom of God at all times, especially times of trial.

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A Different Kind of King12/20/98

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Today’s message was given around Christmas time, but the point is important every day. Jesus Christ is a very different kind of king than the world expected. Greg discussed the message of Christmas that is good news every day of the year.

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